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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:


      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them


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  1. Many thanks Joe for your amazing patience and help. Realised later that my Normandy game is in MY DOCUMENTS folder (which was the unusual folder the Normandy game originally installed in) and perusing this I found the "Activation instruction" message and have duly activated my MG expansion data within the game--------success. Cant thank you enough for all your help and suggestions without which I would have bee tearing out the little bit of hair I have left................................. Cheers David ("pcelt)
  2. Thanks for trying to help Joe-much appreciated ---but I can find no Game Folder-- my Battle for Normandy game V 4 and with Commomweath addon is in My Documents. Still stuck and would really appreciate any more help from anyone---Thanks
  3. I have just purchased the Market Garden module and was informed all I needed to do was to enter the new License Number which I have. But I have no idea where to enter it as when I start my Normandy game i go straight to battle choices etc------please help me to locate the means to enter this key. I am nor very computer literate and rather over the hill age wise and would appreciate some help and guidance........................Thanks
  4. Could anyone please tell me the size of the Market Garden download for Normandy game
  5. Has a mod been developed to appreciably narrow the width of these guide lines. At the moment and after a long absence from the sim I have a recently purchased version4 CMBN and the map guide lines when looking at sighting and targeting on the map are extremely wide and inaccurate. I recall some years ago when I had a much earlier version on a computer now defunct such a mod was available and much improved the situation. Any suggestions re availability of such a mod would be much appreciated--Thanks
  6. I cannot find any ref to this in the booklet but I would like to know if the weather conditions selected in Quick Battles affects whether air support is available at all . Any feedback very welcome and appreciated
  7. Is air support unavailable in some weather condition----if so which categories . Appreciate clarification please
  8. This is a very basic and naive question. I recently ordered the Normandy Commonwealth bundle both d/l and delivery. When delivery arrived this appears to be only the Normandy game . I assumed there would be also a Commonwealth add on disk but apparently not. I did not user the d/l option because my internet connection is poor. Is the d/l the only method of securing the Commonwealth add on. Apologies for naive questions but I am very ancient and a bit out of touch. Would appreciate any help .
  9. I have just noticed that many of the U.S M10 TDs (I am fighting a quick armoured battle on German defense Ardennes) have brown oblong blocks on front armour-----Any ideas---dont recall seeing this before--- Thanks
  10. Many thanks for your clarifications re Xylophone rockets. That seems the right identification confirmed when I checked by taking U.S side and purchasing them One final query --what is difference betweenT27 and T27 E2 Xylophone. Many thanks Ian L and Bulletpoint.
  11. Twice now fighting a Quick Battle as German defender I have been struck in first few minutes by a raining down of hundreds of artillery Shells by the US infantry attacker. Can anyone identify what this weapon is and whether it has a rarity rating please My thanks to anyone who can enlighten me re this frightening and devastating weapon. Cheers
  12. Many thanks yet again for your clear response and your very appropriately (for an aging and out of touch gamer) diagrammatical visual aid. Also interested to see your location in the BOB Country----I lived through the BOB period as a lad in St Austell Cornwall and watched the blitz on Plymouth from near my home.Used to love playing the excellent BoB 2 based on Rowan game but now have had to discard that with great difficulty in transferring it and all my mods from XP to Win 10. Again my gratitude for your patient help.with CMFB pcelt
  13. Thanks IanL and Pete both for your insights and helpful comments----but as an aged recent returner to this series after decades in the wilderness, could I please ask a really basic question-where exactly do I locate the "Scenario Editor"in CMFB to check the QB list of battles Many thanks again
  14. Hi Pete thanks--there are many on this PDF that are not in my QB list----the first QB I cannot find is titled on the PDF "A December Morning" If you can help me with this problem I shall be very grateful pcelt